Located in the spectacular alpine setting at Panorama Mountain Resort, Greywolf Golf Course is an iconic British Columbia golf experience. The Doug Carrick design features several postcard-worthy holes as the beautifully sculpted fairways and dramatic elevation changes leave you feeling as if you are golfing on top of the world. As you stand surrounded by the breathtaking Purcell Mountains and an abundance of vivid green woodlands, you’ll see why Greywolf ranked 6th in SCOREGolf’s Top 59 Canadian Golf Courses in 2021 and comes in as BC’s top public golf course. Get a taste of three of the most memorable holes at Greywolf and how to play them:
Hole 4 - Descent
After an invigorating warm-up climbing 300 feet in elevation of Greywolf’s first three holes, relief comes with a chance to hit a deep drive on this 490 yard, downhill par 4, where you can feel free to lean into a drive as you’ll likely find your ball going at least 40 yards further. Take a moment here on the tee to enjoy the spectacular elevated views of the mountain backdrop, then aim your ball up the left side of this fairway to have it funnel to the right and provide a short-iron to the green. Placing your ball to the right will also avoid negotiating with the bunkers protecting the left of the green.
Coming to a downhill approach, you’ll need to take one to one-and-a-half clubs off of your shot into the green. The green on this hole slopes from back to front with lots of green to work with right of the bunkers. Players approaching from the left of the fairway should aim to carry the bunkers left of the pin, with the ideal green placement below the hole for a favourable putt.
Hole 6 - Cliffhanger
This is the world-famous Cliffhanger, playing up to 200 yards to a peninsula green with a truly unbeatable view. One of the most photographed holes in British Columbia, you’ll want a video to replay your shot soaring high against the backdrop of the Purcell Mountains, falling down through the evergreens and (hopefully) onto the green. The blue, white, and black tees all require at least one club less off the tee, and consider the swirling winds from the Toby Creek Valley below. With little room to miss, favour the right side of the green as the vertical rock cliffs guard the front, back, and left.
Hole 11 - Panorama
Coming off of the longest hole at Greywolf, Hole 11 offers a shorter par 4 and teases long-ball hitters with a chance to drive the green. A beautifully designed risk-reward hole with water to the left of the green, you’ll need to hit it about 290 yards up the right side for a chance to be on in one. A more conservative play with a long iron or fairway wood to the lower portion of the fairway will take the water out of play and leave a short uphill shot to the green.
Approaching the green from the lower section of the fairway, players need to take the slope into consideration and be mindful of the back to front slope dividing the green. That slope is a useful backstop for players to hit into with a front pin that provides some forgiveness. An approach shot from the upper section of the fairway plays as a fairly standard wedge shot to a receptive green, ideally landing your ball to the left of the hole.
The Greywolf golf experience in Panorama is authentic alpine golf, where the ball flies further through the fresh mountain air and you are completely surrounded by the slopes and peaks of the breathtaking Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges. Experience this bucket list golf destination on your next golf vacation to Invermere and Panorama.